Wow, beautifully written! I think I crapped MY pants!
I have always suggested that the captive world of society has weilded it's own comfort and for some, the dreams of freedom are much more powerful than the reality of escape (hence the gross numbers of inmates).
I believe there was a line in a book that explained the part of the movie
called Princess Bride that sums it up; The princess had jumped off the boat and was swimming for freedom when one of her kidnappers yelled that the waters were shark infested. She stopped her swimming. Then to further persuade her, he took a knife and cut his arm. He allowed the drops of blood to hit the water and she swam back to the boat and was "Safe in her captors arms" (From the book).
I too would LOVE to see that photo! It must have taken some serious consideration to swim into the Mako's discomfort zone.